FishTyne Ltd is a sustainable tourism business contributing to the sustainable development of the Tyne Catchment's environment, economy and society. It does this by promoting and generating funds from the natural environment which are then used to bring about further improvement to that environment through the work of the Tyne Rivers Trust. Find out more about the work of the Tyne Rivers Trust here
What is sustainable development?
The past 20 years have seen a growing realisation that the current model of development is unsustainable. In other words, we are living beyond our means. From the loss of biodiversity with the felling of rainforests or over fishing to the negative effect our consumption patterns are having on the environment and the climate. Our way of life is placing an increasing burden on the planet.
The increasing stress we put on resources and environmental systems such as water, land and air cannot go on forever. Especially as the world's population continues to increase and we already see a world where over a billion people live on less than a dollar a day.
A widely-used and accepted international definition of sustainable development is: 'development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs'
- Globally we are not even meeting the needs of the present let alone considering the needs of future generations.
Unless we start to make real progress toward reconciling these contradictions we face a future that is less certain and less secure. We need to make a decisive move toward more sustainable development. Not just because it is the right thing to do, but also because it is in our own long-term best interests. It offers the best hope for the future. Whether at school, in the home or at work, we all have a part to play. Our small everyday actions add up to make a big difference.